10 Boats emerged for the season opener in Cork Harbour last month to shake off the winter cobwebs. With 20 knots forecast on day one, a scheduled match racing open was a spectacle for all involved.
20 races were completed within a 2 and a half hour time frame with all but one incident to report. A horrific port Starboard saw the newest class member to the 1720 class Weista Buwalda being T boned and having to retire for the remainder of the match racing series.
Ewan Barry kindly assisted by David Barry, Tom Browne, Stan Browne and Peter O’Donovan got every race off without failure. The non finalist even enjoyed a harbour course to the National Marine College of Ireland and back into Monkstown whilst John Crotty and Denis Murphy went head to head for the one race takes all final. Aqua Tack Helmed by Mel Collins and ably crewed by Denis Murphy, Joleen Cronin, James Fagan and Saki Curtain took the match racing series and started their season with a well-deserved victory.
A howling South Westerly Gale blew out weekend 2 with over 30 knots blowing through Monkstown Bay.
Weekend 3 saw the fleet enjoy the regular fleet racing format that was competed for on Cuskinny Bay. Southerly force 3-4 saw the fleet exit Monkstown with a fetch passed the Irish Naval base to starboard and the iconic final destination of the ill fated Titanic passengers from Cobh to port.
5 races were raced under the starters orders of Kieran McSweeney with the kindly supplied committee vessel from Tom Browne. Sailing was enjoyed by all and a great party was hosted by MBSC with a Barbeque and drinks reception in the club house after racing.